TBy Thomas Daly ’18
Throughout his life, Conor Lynch ’17 has viewed community service as one of the most compelling opportunities to answer the call to assist. Conor has demonstrated his dedication to service by becoming a Boy Scout, an organization through which he has found an opportunity not only to grow as an individual, but also give back to the broader community. Advancing as a Boy Scout and doing good for his town, Conor volunteered at the Glen Cove Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Center. Today, Conor has made impressive strides on a monument he will build to honor the Glen Cove EMS and fulfill his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout.
Conor displayed an early interest in community service, becoming a Boy Scout when he was seven years old. Although he initially had little knowledge about the organization or the major role it would play in his life, his parents enrolled him into the program for just the reason most do – to learn the selfless values of the Boy Scouts and harness those teachings in order to become a societal leader and maker of change.
For the past few years, I have admired the work of those in the emergency response field, and have decided to devote my project to the remembrance of those who have dedicated their lives to serving our town.
Through his time as a Boy Scout, Conor took advantage of numerous opportunities to grow as a person and perform works of charity with his fellow scouts. He even visited Canada and New Mexico for service projects, as well as Colorado and West Virginia to camp and appreciate nature. Conor also journeyed to Michigan for a conference with the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts, also known as the Order of the Arrow. Currently a leader of his troop in Glen Cove, he also has become the second-in-command of the Order of the Arrow in Nassau County.
At a typical Boy Scout meeting years ago, Conor was introduced to members of a local EMS unit. Conor was only fourteen at that time, but he knew that he wanted to pursue a future in emergency services at that moment. He immediately began to volunteer, and shortly thereafter, he became the captain of the Glen Cove EMS Explorer Post 1072.
Through his involvement with the Glen Glove EMS, which included three months of classes, Conor became an Emergency Medical Responder. Continuing to embrace his interest in the emergency services, Conor began his EMT training this past December. As an EMT, Conor will be able to answer ambulance calls without a supervisor, ensuring a more rapid and secure emergency response capability.
I’m excited to see the outcome of this project, for not only Glen Cove EMS, but also for our community as a whole, as we remember those who sacrifice their time to help us out on a daily basis.
A memorial to honor members of the emergency services was the perfect final project for Conor’s Eagle Scout application, as it incorporated two of the most important areas of his life – Boy Scouts and emergency services. Conor has received approval for his project by the Eagle Scout District Manager and continues to plan to acquire the materials, manpower, and necessary donations to continue funding the project.
“For the past few years, I have admired the work of those in the emergency response field, and have decided to devote my project to the remembrance of those who have dedicated their lives to serving our town,” Conor explained.
Construction for the project started when Conor received approval on December 1, 2016. Thus far, he has laid a foundation and concrete at the base, with a place to install the monument itself. The cost of the project is estimated at around $6,000.
Conor explained that in order to meet the required funds necessary for the project, donations are welcomed and encouraged. “Donations of any size are not only very appreciated, but necessary for the completion of the project,” he explained.
Conor is excited to place the memorial outside of the very place he goes to volunteer, the Glen Cove Fire Department and Emergency Services Building. “This is an exciting time in my scouting career,” said Conor. “I’m excited to see the outcome of this project, for not only Glen Cove EMS, but also for our community as a whole, as we remember those who sacrifice their time to help us out on a daily basis.”
For many years, Conor has demonstrated a strong commitment to both the Boy Scouts and the Glen Cove EMS, as both activities have become a major priorities. As one chapter of Conor’s life closes and a new and exciting one opens, Conor is eager to use his service project as a “goodbye present” and dedicate the memorial to the Boy Scouts and his colleagues at the Glen Cove EMS.
Conor hopes to complete the project in the early weeks of April, provided that he has the needed funding to accomplish such a goal.
He can be reached at email@example.com to answer any questions pertaining to the project and its funding.